There were rumors earlier this year and now it’s confirmed that Chris Evans will play the main character in Lionsgate‘s new movie about Jekyll.
Chris Evans will be playing Tom Jackman, who’s the only living descendant of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and makes a deal with the dark side.
Ruben Fleischer is going to direct the film which will be based on the BBC One series from 2007. That show was not a straight adaptation of the Stevenson novella, and the plot was: with James Nesbitt playing Jackman, a modern-day descendant of Jekyll who is beginning to exhibit the trademark split personality who abandons his family, without explaining why, and lives in a fortified basement with a psychiatric nurse as his ally.
When they strap the doctor to a metal chair, she watches him transform into an alter ego who rages, shows heightened strength and speed and can be a charming, flirtatious scoundrel as well. The two personalities try to co-exist, even though one doesn’t remember what the other does while in control of the body. They use a microcassette to leave messages for each other. Unable to stay away from the family he left behind for their own safety, he visits his wife, Hyde assumes control and learns about them, and things grow very complicated.
Marc Platt is producing the movie with Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman, through their A Very Good Production banner, and scribe team Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry have written a script based on the Steven Moffat-scripted six-episode miniseries.
Filming will depend on Chris’ schedule as Captain America/Steve Rogers with Marvel.